Day 8 and Counting - - - FB Page still No Where to be Found!!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska

And on the 8th Day...I rested...I have survived a full week without Facebook...or at least the FB I was used to.

Will Rogers once claimed..."Even if you are on the right track...you will get ran over if you just sit there!"

As I mentioned in another blog...I do a lot of advertising and use FB and it works for me...well over 1,000 to 1 return on the dollars I spend. My first land auction was a facebook lead...with a 20K + commission...so yeah...it is tough not having it. My most recent sale of a $350k home was a listing I received because of FB.

It happened last week within a 15 to 30 minute period...and it could happen to anyone.  They took over my page and tried to take over my advertising account on FB. They loaded some ISIS material and I am not sure what else before my site was blocked.

SO now, 8 days later...I cannot access my FB page...nor make changes to my original Mach1 Realty Nebraska page...my WayneJamesInvestments page...my Messenger...My Instagram...or anything  tied to them such as clearing my advertising account.  Remember the saying:  Don't put your eggs all in one basket?   Yeah, I messed up as all three palttforms are tied together...one goes...they all go.

The agent that works for me cannot add me to our company page because she is an editor but not an admin. 

Note to self: Make sure you have 2 admin in the future.

I followed the FB protocal for reclaiming the page And as far as I know I jumped through every hoop (ok..stepped through) and did what FB wanted to prove I am me.

All I get is a message that the page has been permanently deleted...and we all know that is not true...but...but...But when you are such a large platform we get lost in the haze and smoke.

Mike McCann Clearing the was out of my ears so I can better understand! Mike McCann Nebraska Farm Broker

 I am sure they have millions of attacks daily and who knows from where. AR issues on steroids attacks I suspect.

 So when you drill down into the problem...I am just a speck of dust as I mentioned previously. I mean...that is a no-brainer!!

  Unless someone has a solution besides "following the instructions" on FB...I am starting over.

 My phone number was blocked but now appears to be unblocked.

 SO: If you were a past Facebook friend .... you will be receiving a new FB request from me in the next week.

One thing is certain...someday I will not be around to fight this good fight between good and evil...but for now...that day isn't today!!  I shall rise again on FB my friends!!

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Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker This has been Mike McCann...Nebraska Land Broker...Coming to you from the Farm Land of Nebraska and America!! Visit me at www.mikemccann.com to learn more about the agricultural and farm land for sale market. 

Many farms For Sale in Nebraska are not listed publicly...please call, text, or e-mail with your questions, wants, and needs!

Mike is your Ag, Farm, and Auction expert throughout Nebraska!

308-627-3700 and 800-241-3940 call or text me at these numbers or

mike@mikemccann.com for easy e-mail access! Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker

 

Comments (42)

Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Hi all... Lyn Sims  made a good comment and here is the story of what happened from a previous AR post last week: https://activerain.com/blogsview/5522917/facebook-was-hacked-and-my-page-is-in-jail-for-who-knows-how-long-lol-

Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging  Asked how they got to it.  This is what I think:  My IP address was exposed (not hidden from the internet community) and I suspect that since my site also has my name, street address and email...all they needed was the IP address. I did not have two step authentication set up. I also was on the road when notified and did not heed the email or rather did not see the email until it was too late.   The big culprit here is the IP address being exposed.

Aug 17, 2020 06:51 AM
Dario Ferreira

I don't think the IP address has anything to do with this.


99% of the people using the internet have their IP visible. The people that hide are often doing illegal stuff, or are paranoid and don't want to be tracked.


Passwords are usually the culprits for most hacks.


 

Aug 18, 2020 08:12 AM
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

John Henry, Florida Architect Has a great point.  We need to backup our data we put on various sites.  Now the vast majority of the photos I have on my computer and every so often I pull out a 64gig zip drive from our safe and load more photos and important data on to it.

As we all know from the loss of June data on AR...we should backup what we write.  Another way I believe on FB is too always link to another persons FB page when posting something that may be historical...I will get back with you on that.

Aug 17, 2020 06:55 AM
Jerry Lucas

I have auto backups running so I do not have to think about it. My system runs auto backups every hour to SpiderOak encrypted cloud storage, 600 miles away, for disaster protection.


I also have Acronis True Image running auto backups every 12 hours to Samsung 64 GB USB FIT+ flash drives that I leave installed in my USB ports. These are rugged, tiny thumbnail-sized flash drives that do not protrude and do not get accidentally bumped.  Periodically, I will remove a recent backup flash drive and store it in a fireproof, waterproof safe.


My primary files are stored on a Samsung 500 GB SSD. I do not use hard disk drives anymore.

Aug 18, 2020 08:48 PM
Paula McDonald, Ph.D.
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

How awful. All the work you've done and then poof! Those guys need to just move along. Grrrr...

Aug 17, 2020 07:23 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry to hear this. Wishing you a fast resolution. 

Aug 17, 2020 07:48 AM
Wayne L. Brown
Franklin Advantage Inc. - Alpine, CA

Mike

Sometimes the squeaky wheel gets the grease.  Maybe you should route this up to your local TV stations in your area to see if they will pick up your story.  Or, maybe even contact your local Congressman and Senator..... Tech is being watched on the HIll.

Enough publicity just might get those at FB to do something.

Maybe a lame brain idea on my part, but I'd really be PO'd if I were you my friend after all that effort, not to mention, your advertising dollars..... Don't think FB would think kindly if you warned other advertisers out the of FB lack of responsibility.

Aug 17, 2020 08:16 AM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

I will keep checking back to see when you have it resolved.

Aug 17, 2020 11:05 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

But FB has an account ID that is sorta based (or maybe not) on your pages that you put in there. For sure you have to put a credit card # in there in order to set up an account. I've never seen a 2ndary authorization for it.

Aug 17, 2020 11:07 AM
Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE - Westminster, CO
Denver Broker / Author / Advocate/Short Sale

FB has a knack of making things difficult when your pages have been hacked... I stopped advertising with them ... not worth the headache anymore!!  Best wishes in getting your issues resolved,  .

Aug 17, 2020 01:08 PM
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Start another FB page while you fight the powers with a new email and different password. While you are at it do not use that FB  password anywhere- bad guys know it

Aug 17, 2020 02:07 PM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

So glad I dumped that site years ago after my page was hacked beyond use.  That reason plus their reputation for extreme privacy violations. 

What does their response tell you about their agenda, Mike?  They could do the right thing but choose to let the bad guys bring disrepute to your site. Not the kind of people I choose to do business with.

Makes as much sense as B. G. can't stop viruses on Windows but he can create a vaccine for the world?

Aug 17, 2020 03:39 PM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker

FB in the news again, "Robert F Kennedy and Childrens Health Defense sue FB and 3 Fact Checkers for Government Sponsored Censorship." 


Hacking you is censorship through harassment,

Aug 18, 2020 08:00 PM
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker

Kris...I understand what you are saying however...FB has earned me over 100k in commissions in the past 5 years so it has a place in my portfolio. That is why I use it and would like to get my old page back. 

Aug 21, 2020 05:56 AM
Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training

To set up Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) in Facebook, go to Account Settings, Security and Log In, then choose your preferred 2FA method. I use Google Authenticator.

I also use LastPass as my password manager, with a unique, long, strong password for every account.  I also set up 2FA to log in to LastPass.

Aug 17, 2020 07:54 PM
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist

Carbonite backup systems  - do you have such a system Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker 

  • Documents (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe)
  • Email
  • Point-of-sale (POS)
  • Media (photos, video, audio, graphics)
  • Financial and accounting files (QuickBooks, Quicken, Sage)
  • Customer relationship management

Also maybe Debbie Gartner can offer a suggestion.  She may refer you to some of her resources Mike - not certain but its worth a try

Aug 18, 2020 10:58 AM
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing-Frye - Naples, FL
Golf Community Real Estate Specialist

Hi Mike, sorry to hear about your Facebook page disappearing. I had my page blocked on Facebook for 2 months because I linked to a page that was then hijacked. It then carried over to Instagram since Facebook owns Instagram. I do know I tried to use a different email and it blocked that as well.  I hope you get your page back. 

Aug 19, 2020 07:03 AM
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker

How did you get yours back?

Aug 21, 2020 05:53 AM
Carol Culkin
Diamond Partners Inc - Overland Park, KS
Overland Park Residential Real Estate

This is terrible! Thank you of making us aware of the reality of it happening. Hope it gets resolved quickly.

Aug 20, 2020 10:57 PM
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

I appreciate the comments and advice.  I am hoping someone will come up with an actual way to be successful in regaining control of the old page.  My FB password was the most complicated one I have ever had...so if they could figure that one out...they can figure 99% of the ones out there.  

Aug 21, 2020 06:04 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

So sorry to hear, Mike. What a hassle. It seems that no matter what we do to protect ourselves bad stuff still happens, and is not easily fixed.

Keep us posted, and hopefully there will be some resolution you can share!

Jeff

Aug 21, 2020 08:50 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’m really hoping this gets resolved because I’ve been noticing technical issues as of late that seem to be resolving themselves.

Aug 21, 2020 10:05 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

So they took your money. No ads or traces of it?

Sorry to hear that.

Aug 22, 2020 12:10 PM
Heather Tawes Nelson
Live Better in Arizona - Scottsdale, AZ
Associate Broker, ABR, CLHMS, CRS - Scottsdale, AZ

What a nightmare! Sorry that this happened, but hope you are back up and running again soon!

 

Aug 24, 2020 12:52 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Wow!  You just put a whole new "face" on that issue!  I hope you get your page back and the issue resolved although it sounds like you have to build a new page, UGH!

Aug 24, 2020 01:59 PM